old pals act

old pals act

The idea that someone has used their power, money, influence, or position to benefit or protect their friends or acquaintances. Used especially in reference to sports teams. Primarily heard in UK. Despite being great friends with the club's owner, the new manager insists that it was his belief in the team's ability to win championships, not some old pals act, that led him to take the job.
See also: act, old, pal

the old pals act

used humorously to imply that someone is using a position of influence to help their friends. British informal
See also: act, old, pal
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PAUL Ince is backing Blackburn goal hero Keith Andrews to finally make the grade at the age of 28 - after dismissing accusations he signed the midfielder as "an old pals act.
FORRES boss Steve Paterson returned to his old stomping ground but found Huntly in no mood for an old pals act after this thrashing.
There was no good old Pals act for Midland pro Darren Prosser as his bid to make it back to Spain for the European Tour Qualifying School finals slid off the rails last night.
OLD PALS ACT Wayne Rooney at Wembley last night and, inset, Paddy McNair yesterday
Gould's new Lions boss Mark Burchill was a teammate of his dad's at Parkhead 15 years ago but the youngster is determined to prove to his new side there's no old pals act going on behind the scenes.
OLD PALS ACT Davide Santon says United are ready for Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll tomorrow
Entry: pounds 3 Theatre: Poignant old pals act War was hell A powerful and moving play set during the first two years of the Great War is being tackled by Middlesbrough Little Theatre Company next week The Accrington Pals: Middlesbrough Theatre, Wed, June 16-Sat, June 19 at 7.
However, he insists there will be no old pals act as the man he played alongside for four years at Manchester United attempts to maintain the perfect start to his managerial career.
Former world snooker champion Ken Doherty discovered there's no such thing as an old pals act in sport when he bowed out of the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship against World Cup team-mate Fergal O'Brien.
It's an old pals act at work again, that's been the problem at Rangers.
Michael Johnston: The old pals act seems to be working for Nev Powell, who pulled this gem from ex-club Tranmere.
But it's not just the old pals act that makes Gattuso want to see the Scottish champions do well.
And generous Albion continued with their old pals act for the rest of the game.
THERE may be something of an old pals act along the sideline at Croke Park on Sunday.